LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Three members of the Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team were named to the 2018 USILA/Nike Division III Men's Lacrosse All-America teams that were released by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association on Friday morning.
Junior attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) was selected to the first team, while senior defenseman Kyle Gifford (Darien, Conn. / Darien) and sophomore midfielder Jack Hodgson (Richmond, Va. / St. Christopher's) were both tabbed to the honorable mention squad.
Witherell completed the greatest offensive season ever produced by a General during the 2018 campaign. He broke his own school record for season scoring, totaling 91 points on a W&L record-tying 60 goals and 31 assists. Additionally, he posted 43 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers. Witherell tallied at least one point in every game he played (19 games) and had 15 games of four or more points, including a season-best seven points on four occasions.
A third team USILA All-American last season, Witherell was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Year for the second straight year this spring. He currently sits in a tie for second on the school's all-time scoring list with 234 points, and he ranks fourth all-time in goals (145) and eighth in assists (89).
Gifford earned his first career All-America honor after anchoring a defense that led the ODAC in scoring defense with an 8.20 goals-against average. He played in and started 19 contests and tallied 22 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers. A two-time First Team All-ODAC pick and three-time all-conference selection overall, Gifford played in 72 career games, totaling 76 ground balls and 47 caused turnovers across his four seasons.
Hodgson also received his first All-America accolade after garnering First Team All-ODAC laurels across each of his first two seasons. He set a new W&L record for faceoff wins during the 2018 campaign, winning 261-of-400 (.653) draws. He also picked up 118 ground balls and tallied eight points on six goals and two assists. In just two seasons, Hodgson already ranks fifth on the school's career faceoff wins list (486) and is second in career faceoff percentage (.652).
W&L has claimed at least one All-America selection in each of the last 12 seasons and the school has accumulated 194 total USILA All-America citations since 1947.
Washington and Lee completed the 2018 season with a 15-5 overall record and a perfect 9-0 mark in ODAC play. The Generals produced a 14-game winning streak, tied for the second-longest in program history. W&L received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the third round, before falling to Dickinson, 10-9, in overtime.